Bowen Therapy - gentle pain relief for every body
Is Bowen Therapy for me?
Bowen may help the body recover from a variety of conditions, from serious injuries to chronic illnesses, depending on each person’s ability to heal.
Conditions that may respond well are:
neck and shoulder problems
knee, ankle and foot problems
groin pain, and pelvic tilt
sports and accident injuries
RSI, carpal tunnel and tennis elbow
heel spurs, bunions, hammertoes and plantar fasciitis
migraines and headaches
jaw pain (TMJ problems)
respiratory problems and allergies
digestive and bowel problems (e.g. IBS)
fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue
hormone related problems like infertility, PMS and menopause
stress, anxiety and emotional problems
colic in infants
back pain in pregnancy
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What is Bowen Therapy?
Bowen Therapy was named after Tom Bowen (1916-1982) who pioneered the therapy in Victoria, Australia.
It is a very subtle yet dynamic form of body work which involves the practitioner making light, rolling moves over muscles, fascia, ligaments, tendons and nerves. These specific, but gentle moves encourage and stimulate the healing process in the body and have a powerful as well as relaxing effect on the body and the mind. What is interesting about the therapy is that there are frequent pauses during the treatment, which allow the nervous system time to absorb the information generated by the moves.
In Bowen, the effectiveness of the treatment is held in the belief that 'less is more'. The technique does not use manipulation or massage but allows the body to respond to the subtle Bowen moves in its own time. By doing 'less' to the body, it can do 'more' by itself to help correct the problem and gain long-lasting relief.
release muscle tension and thereby improve posture and structural problems
improve circulation and lymphatic drainage
improve psychological and emotional problems
slow down and calm the autonomic nervous system, and thus encourage the body to start the process of repair by helping it rest and relax
You can read more about Tom Bowen on www.bowtech.com
What happens in a treatment?
During the first session, your medical history and areas of concern will be recorded and the practitioner will make some simple postural and mobility assessments.
To begin with, you will be asked to lie face down on a massage bed and then the practitioner will make specific moves on your lower and upper back and legs. Then you turn over and moves are made on the front of your legs and on your neck.
Depending on your problem area, other moves may also be incorporated. You will probably be surprised at how gentle and light the moves are, and although there may be areas of tension which may feel a bit tender, the treatment is very relaxing and many clients fall asleep.
After each group of moves, the practitioner will allow a break of about 2 minutes to let your body to assimilate the work.
Bowen practitioners have an important skill which we call ‘tissue sense’, meaning that they can tell where there is a build up of stress or tension in muscles and other soft tissue. Throughout the treatment, they use this ‘tissue sense’ to continually evaluate and decide on which procedures are best for you.
Many clients may only need about 2 or 3 treatments to gain full relief from their symptoms. However, if they have a chronic condition, they may need more. Each person is different and so each client is treated according to their needs.
'Every body is better with Bowen'
Tat Small - Bowen Therapist
Accredited Bowen Practitioner and former Instructor
The Bowen Therapy Academy of Australia
Bowen Association of Australia
I have been practising Bowen Therapy in Singapore for over 12 years and am constantly amazed at the results achieved, sometimes even after the first session. I see people of different ages and backgrounds who come for treatments for all sorts of health issues.
I am an accredited Bowen Practitioner with Bowtech® and have completed specialised courses such as:
Working with Neck Pain
Bowen for Stroke Care and the Immobile
Bowen for Chronic Fatigue
Mind Body Bowen
Bowen and Diabetes
The Secret Life of Fascia
Bowen Body Decoding
Specialised Procedures 1&2